W@B

Well, off to another club date … This is the first time at Cavanaugh’s, but we were booked there before … Got canceled due to the weather I think, and tonight there’s a 50% chance of rain … I didn’t get the call, so I guess I’m heading down there … It’s the old Kat-Man-Du … I don’t really feel like going, but I have no choice … No matter the situation whether I be sick or anything, I have to go and provide for the band … There is no calling in sick to work when you’re a sound man … I guess I just don’t feel like going there alone … I could bring Fish, but he costs money … and I’d have to go pick him up, and he lives south of the Commodore Barry Bridge … There’s a Springsteen concert at Licoln Field as well as Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake at the FU center .. or Wohicka or whatever it’s called now … So, traffic down by the bridge will probably be pretty bad … Then I would have to take him home … Oh well, it’s a living …

Bachelorettes

So yeah, there was a bachelorette party at The Springfield, and one of them left their plastic phalic drinking cups … That thing made its way to being propped up in the front of my truck for the ride home … Luckily, we stopped at the WaWa just outside of Sea Isle on Route 9 and it was removed before the trek home … Haha .. funny … Fish and Alex are comedians …

Why do people pass trucks? They seem to pass me just to be in front of a truck, and then they slow down and I have to pass them … Then they will speed up while I’m passing them so they screw everything up … My favorite is the people that pull in front of trucks … They think, okay, I can go now, it’s a truck .. they’re slow … But do they realize, that’s a BIG truck … It could crush me in an instant and I will be dead … It takes much longer to slow down a big heavy truck than a passenger car … I guess they don’t think this … I haven’t killed anyone yet, but I have seen it happen all too often … Yeah, it takes a while to get up to speed, so we’re slow on the start, but when we get going, don’t try being cute, cause you will die, and us people in the truck probably won’t even realize it …

We won a scrim last night against a clan that we thought we were going to scrim, but all the ringers showed up … It looked bad when we started being we were down 3-9, but we came back 10-2 to win the first map, and the second map we tied 12-12 but we won 4-0 in overtime … That was a great win for us … even if it was only a scrim …

The Shore

Princeton was loads of fun last night, I think I hurt my shoulder … But it’s all worth it to hump all that stuff in and up on that stage for the few people up front of a packed place who at least recognize that there’s a band there … Tonight it’s down to The Springfield Inn … Yeah, I came home … Why wouldn’t I? So now I am about to leave to do it all over again … Of course coming home gives me the chance to get a good sleep and offload the camera … handle anything that’s come up in email or forums …

Yeah …

Billing went out … some loose ends on some sites fixed up, and a new site went up … It’s the first site that is completely Microsoft free … Unless you count DNS, but that will change soon I hope … But HTTP, SMTP and FTP are all handled by FreeBSD … Now I must nap before my glorious weekend down the shore … Yipee!

New FreeBSD

Brought up a new FreeBSD 5.1 box today … I downloaded the ISOs yesterday while Mike was finishing up the paper and I was napping … Looks like there’s some nifty new features in it, and it looks like it may be going in the route of becoming more desktop friendly … I often wondered why the Toaster people were not into running on 5.1 and remaining at the 4.8 level … I’m thinking that FreeBSD is sort of making a server/workstation branch here, but I don’t know .. That’s simply my own observation … Was a bit of a pain to get a MySQL server running on 5.1 but I got it eventually … I am going to build the new web site I got for a customer and then I may start moving all of the sites I design over there … Running them on the Windows boxes just seems so foolish …

Wrapping it up …

Okay, so I was close if not right on the money … Mike got done at 7PM … I was done around 3PM, but I milked the crap out of it to draw it out that long …

The Counter-Strike Server has been patched with the latest and greatest version … 3.1.1.1d … So now all the HLDS world is well, except for those who are complaining about everything … I really don’t understand these people … I have never had any problems with the HLDS Server running … have only had performance issues, and they were finally realized to be the CPU … I needed more power captain …

So, of course, after I finish the paper, I reward myself with a little Counter-Strike, and I got to play on the new patched version … This was after yet another nap … I fell asleep in the chair here while Mike rushed to get his paper done …

So, it’s 11PM and alls well … now some coffee, some web work, a movie and then back to the grind …

… done!

I am done the Out On the Town and the extraneous things that I have to do at times … Mike is still here rushing his butt off through the body copy and whatever else needs to be done to complete the paper … I heard him estimate to someone that he will be here until 5:30PM, so in Mike time, he’ll probably be here until 7 or 8PM … I could have easily been done this issue by Tuesday afternoon, but I have the mentality of why bust my ass when I know this is how the paper is going to end up … Plus the added fact that Mike didn’t have the last of the ads to me until midnght Tuesday night … Oh well, you be the judge …

Counter-Strike

Well, there’s some sort of exploit that allows people to crash HLDS servers .. Unfortunately, this includes my Counter-Strike server … I was reading the mailing list about all these guys who rent servers saying how they were being crashed, etc … The CPU runs at 100% and the HLDS screen just sits there … Well, it finally happened to me … I did a server query via the http://cs.wombatsweb.com web site and there was no response … The XP flag kept waving … So I flipped over there and fixed the server … It’s only a matter of time before it happens again I guess … VALVe says they should have a release today … We’ll see …

The time is …

Mike gave me the last of the ads about midnight last night … So of course, I immediately took another nap, and woke up about 4 or something and spent about 2 hours messing around with ‘net stuff … The biggest was when I was checking the root messages from the BSD boxes, I was curious if there was a way to manage the log files so I cracked the new FreeBSD book … I didn’t find anything really about log files, but “keeping the right time” caught my eye …

For the first time, I got ntpd to work on the FreeBSD boxes, and ntpdate … So now, all the BSD boxes have had ntpdate run on them bring the clocks to the correct time. Now I just have to decide how to implement ntpd … I can have one box query the net and then broadcast the result to the other boxes via the .255 broadcast, or I could just let each box hit the net themselves … either way, it still requires that ntpd be running … I decided to abandon editing all the files to set it up this morning and started in one the ads …

I have 3 ads left … They’re the color ones that Mike doesn’t have to place in the paper, so I can work on them without hindering him from doing anything to the paper … I usually do leave those for last cause he’s always doing something after I’m done … He was hardly in here yesterday at all … I think he waits until the last minute to complete things, but I don’t know why … He’s usually working several hours after I’m done …

… and so it continues …

The 4 color disk was ready by 9am so I decided to take a nap and wait for Mike to show up … Kelly had to take Frank over for his swimming lessons so she wasn’t home … I made my way upstairs to get away from the noisy kids … I didn’t make it back downstairs so I missed Mike’s knock whenever that was … About noon the USPS delivered the two new books I ordered … PHP MySQL Website Programming: Problem – Design – Solution and The Complete FreeBSD … I am hoping the PHP book will help in the way of the travel agency app … The FreeBSD is another book to help me on my way to be a master at FreeBSD …

Anywho, so Kel stopped back home and my father called … Mike resorted to contacting my father cause no one was answering the door and the car was gone, so he thought something may have happened … So when he finally got here, he said there was another 4 color ad that I knew nothing about and I had already burned the 4 color disk for the printer … Because of the layout of the ad, we could just send the disk as is and I will print the seps on the laser … So, we’re back on track to completing the paper by what should be a Tuesday (today) night deadline …

Also got a call from a reseller and added two more web sites to the hosting … One site at a time, we are on our way to millions …